Hypocotyl meaning

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The part of a plant embryo or seedling that lies between the radicle and the cotyledons. Upon germination, the hypocotyl pushes the cotyledons above the ground to develop. It eventually becomes part of the plant stem. Most seed-bearing plants have hypocotyls, but the grasses have different, specialized structures.
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The part of the axis, or stem, below the cotyledons in the embryo of a plant.
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The part of a plant embryo or seedling plant that is between the cotyledons and the radicle or root.
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(botany) In plants with seeds, that portion of the embryo or seedling between the root and cotyledons.
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Origin of hypocotyl

  • hypo– cotyl(edon)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition